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Governor Corbett Proclaims October as ‘Cyber Security Awareness Month’

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed October as “Cyber Security Awareness Month” to remind Pennsylvanians of the importance of protecting their information and devices from online threats.

“Recent high-profile data breaches at retailers and financial institutions are a reminder of how widespread cyber threats have become,” said Gov. Corbett. “While there is no way to completely eliminate the risk, there are steps we can all take to reduce our chances of becoming a victim.”

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Important Education Reforms Pass House Education Committee

HARRISBURG – This week, the House Education Committee passed legislation which includes several important education reforms, according to Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), a member of the committee and author of one of the measures newly incorporated into the bill.

If signed into law, the bill would provide public schools with additional options to make up snow days in order to meet the requirement that school be kept open for 180 days. Among the options are counting school days in hours instead of days and rescheduling instructional days for one Saturday per month.

Additionally, the legislation was amended to include three important education reforms. Included in the bill is language found in House Bill 2124, authored by Grove, would reform the antiquated and outdated Planning and Construction Workbook process, also known as PlanCon. The legislation would reforms PlanCon into the Accountability and Reducing Costs in Construction Process (ARC Con). ARC Con streamlines the process from 11 steps into five steps, which allows school districts to save time and money in the application process. ARC Con also attempts to save costs by focusing on the rehabilitation of old buildings rather than new construction. The bill had previously passed the House this summer.

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